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BOREDOM OR RISK? Teens who use Omegle run the risk of hackers and other online threats.

Omegle provides a risky escape for bored teenagers

By Molly St Clair, Downers Grove North High School April 20, 2021

In a time when people are feeling as isolated from the world as ever, teenagers are bound to find a new form of entertainment, so what will it be? The newest craze is Omegle. Omegle is an online video...

The Justice League form to face the imminent threat of Steppenwolf and Darkseid to Earth.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” severely lacks power in its content despite its rejuvenating creation

By Steven Pappas, Sophie Burns, Editor-In-Chief, and Olivia Ostrowski, Editor-In-Chief April 20, 2021

On Tuesday, Mar. 13, Warner Bros. released “Zack Snyder’s Justice League" to HBO Max. The film—the director’s cut of its 2017 counterpart—follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) who rounds up...

Poetry has served as a source of light for me throughout a dark time in my life.

How poetry helped me cope with loss during a pandemic

By Nada Fadul, Walt Whitman High School April 20, 2021

During the 1940s, Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes leveraged poetry to express the racial struggles of Black people. In the 1960s, Allen Ginsburg’s “Beat Generation” revitalized...

Disney released a timely film on March 5, 2021, as the beginning of more Asian representation to come: 'Raya and the Last Dragon.'

‘Raya and the Last Dragon”: a timely tale for representation

By Janet Choi, Richard Montgomery High School - MD April 19, 2021

Welcome Raya, the first Southeast Asian princess.  Anticipation was high for Disney’s recent animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Already with its epic fight choreography, fantasy, mythology,...

Coppell High School senior Jadalyn Van plays Ti Moune in the CHS spring musical. “Once On This Island” is showing April 16, 17, 18, 19 and 24 with Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

‘Once on This Island’ makes history with diverse cast

By Sapna Amin, Coppell High School April 19, 2021

"Once on This Island" sheds light on the Haitian retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Little Mermaid" with flashlights as props, stage lights and a color-changing screen that canvases the stage...

Now, anyone in possession of a device with access to internet connection can upload their pixel images and sell them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and anything considered to be “art” is done so in a highly subjective manner, but rudimentary pixel art created mindlessly within the span of seconds does not fall into the category of inspiring beauty or emotional power.

In the age of crypto, we must redefine the meaning of “art”

By Michelle Liu, The Harker Upper School April 16, 2021

What is art?  For Marcel Duchamp, it was a urinal. For Maurizio Cattelan, it was a banana taped to the wall (in an artist’s edition of 3). But for Mike Winkelman, known to the internet as “Beeple,”...

In front of a lesbian flag, the CW's

Opinion: Representation of lesbianism in the media creates harm

By Morgan Reese, Prosper High School April 16, 2021

While LGBTQ+ representation in film and TV has steadily inclined over the years, the number of lesbians and bisexual women has barely increased. According to GLAAD’s 2020 LGBTQ+ representation overview,...

Mark Greaney’s signature on the front page of Relentless, his newest novel which was released on February 16. Special thanks to the staff at Novel for their assistance for this article.

Alumnus releases newest book in Gray Man series

By Katie Stanek , White Station High School April 16, 2021

It’s nighttime in Berlin, and a young woman walks down the street. She knows she’s being followed. She knows she’s in danger. Still, she keeps walking, entering a memorial park filled with shadows...

Three tiles by students Paige Whateley (left), Tiffany Leyva (middle), and Angelina Parra (right) in different stages of the tile glazing process. As the 20/21 school year in the midst of a pandemic comes to a close, Sage Creek’s art department invites all students to make a tile of a virus and use it as a way to capture the emotions of the pandemic experience.

Turning Something Deadly Into A Beautiful Work Of Art

By Tiffany Leyva, Sage Creek High School April 15, 2021

Throughout history, art has been used as a reactionary medium to what is going on in the world. This phenomenon is no different from the virus tile project here at Sage Creek. Students from 3D Design,...

Juniors Alysa Spiro, Eden Goodman, Venus Hicks, and senior Aydan Howison show off their collection of Squishmallows during an impromptu show and tell during AP Ethnic Studies class.

Squishmallow craze contagious during pandemic

By Alysa Spiro, McCallum High School April 14, 2021

A cult has swept across America. Thousands of teens have been blinded by the cult’s charismatic leader, dedicating their time and money to move up the cult’s inner-hierarchy. Teens dream of having...

The Justice League leap into battle in

‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ is satisfying redemption for both director and fans

By Noah Sparkman, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 14, 2021

One of the most improbable blockbusters of all time has finally been released, yet what is even more surprising is that it’s enjoyable. There was a long period of time in which many did not believe...

Netflix’s “The White Tiger” walks the line between scathing and safe

By Ricardo Andrade, Ransom Everglades School April 13, 2021

A staple of Ransom Everglades’ eleventh-grade English curriculum, Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger has left its impact on generations of RE students. Themes of faux morality, hypocrisy and class...

HBO's newest original

MSMS Eighth of May project featured in HBO documentary

By Jillian Snodgrass, The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science April 13, 2021

MSMS is soon to be seen on screens across the world with the premiere of HBO’s documentary “Our Towns.” The documentary follows stories of small town life across the United States. The towns featured...

Taylor Swift's release of older songs proves to be sentimental for both the artist and listeners.

Swift regains masters, offers fans a look back to her Fearless era

By Lindsay Bonetti, Baldwin High School - PA April 13, 2021

It’s hard to get Taylor Swift and Kanye West to agree on much of anything -- other than the importance of owning their masters.  In 2019, Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, sold its catalog --...

“Moxie” lacks authenticity and delivers a manufactured portrayal of ‘feminism’

By Sophia Novelo, Mission Hills High School April 13, 2021

This film is rated PG-13 as it covers suggestive topics and has mature dialogue Just in time for International Women’s Month, Netflix released Amy Poehler’s movie adaptation of Jennifer Matthiue’s...

Review: ‘Seaspiracy’ reinforces anti-Asian racism

By Madi Olivier, Marcus High School April 13, 2021

The Netflix documentary “Seaspiracy” made waves after its release on March 24, quickly climbing its way up the ranks to the top ten films on the platform. It follows filmmaker Ali Tabrizi around the...

 “Minari” won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film after being disqualified from competing for Best Picture due to containing dialogue that was less than 50% in English. “When it won, what should have been a moment of collective joy felt like the award equivalent to the backhanded compliment: ‘Your English is so good!,’” author Nancy Wang Yuen said in an NBC article.

Best Foreign Language Film, ‘Minari,’ is the Most American Film Ever Made

By Celine Lee and Charlotte Cao April 13, 2021

How do you speak American? Despite the wide array of cultures found in this nation and the notion that the United States has no official language, according to the Golden Globes, the answer is simple:...

This mural portraying a quote by Langston Hughes was painted by Bernadette Little and Andrea Cenon. You can find it located in Downtown Portland near Pioneer Square.

Portland protest art: a reflection of the past, present, and future

By Mei Xu, Lincoln High School - OR April 13, 2021

Walking through downtown Portland, you might stumble upon a blue mural depicting the face of a dreaming woman and an excerpt of the Langston Hughes poem “Dream” written in cursive. The mural exists...

On March 22, Jack Dorsey sold his first ever tweet for almost three million dollars.

What’s an NFT?

By Alexander Balfanz, Woodside High School - CA April 12, 2021

What makes art valuable? Ask an artist, and they’ll probably talk about brushwork, perspective, color, or a myriad of other topics. Ask an economist, and they’ll give you a much simpler answer: quantity....

The South Korean band BLACKPINK poses at a red carpet in 2019. For senior Ashley Philip, it’s not always the culture of the content that drives fans to Korean pop cultures, but rather the culture surrounding the celebrities that first attracted her.

Distance no difference, K-pop popular on campus

By Urja Joshi, Liberty High School - TX April 8, 2021

Nearly 7,000 miles from Texas and approximately 1/6th the size of the Lone Star state, Korean pop culture is popular throughout America, and here on campus it’s no different. For many Redhawks, the...

While the severity of the college admissions scandal came to light in 2019, 33 parents were accused of bribing “The Key” owner Rick Singer more than 5 million to reserve spots for their children in highly selective universities. Singer has yet to be indicted since the trial.

‘Varsity Blues’ effectively depicts admissions scandal

By Anastasia Thumser ’22 , Staples High School April 7, 2021

Before Netflix removed the eminent series “Gossip Girl” in the wake of 2021, I spent a good portion of quarantine binge-watching beautifully dressed, elite teenagers stressing over SATs and college...

On a trip to the mall, freshman Natalie Lashly views the track list to Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album “Reputation.” In its first week, the album sold over 1 million physical copies, the only one to do so in 2017. “When the re-recordings are out and I walk into a store and see the CDs or Vinyls of them, it’ll be rewarding to know people are buying music that’s permanently hers,” Lashly said.

Taylor Swift is re-recording her music and students and staff are “…Ready For It”

By Anna Claywell, Parkway West High School April 7, 2021

“Baby let the games begin, let the games begin,” pop star Taylor Swift’s backup singers sing as Swift’s silhouette is displayed from the big screens at the Dome at America's center over the crowd...

This year, the South by Southwest festival was held completely virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was held from March 16-20 and showcased online recordings of band, films, and a diverse range of speakers.

Virtual SXSW allows wider reach, deeper experience

By Alice Scott, McCallum High School April 6, 2021

In early March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had just begun to make its way to Austin, shutting down the community and shuttering one of the cities most notable events: the South by Southwest Festival. Now,...

The real Fred Hampton gives a speech. He was depicted by Daniel Kaluuya in

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is excellent but exhausting

By Jackson Collins, Rutherford B. Hayes High School April 6, 2021

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is an excellent and informative movie, but audiences are getting tired of watching Black struggle movies. Despite Black History Month having come to a close, it’s still...

‘Minari’ at once authentically turbulent, wonderful

By Madelynn Niles, McCallum High School April 5, 2021

Lee Issac Chung’s Minari paints the raw portrait of a Korean American family planting the seeds of their American dream in the rich soil of Arkansas — a snapshot both authentically turbulent and wonderful....

‘Moxie’:#Fightthedoublestandard (Review)

By Natalie Davis, Carlisle Area High School April 2, 2021

There have been many forms of protest, from chanting in the streets, raising signs like weapons of war, to using duct tape over the mouth to let silence and stubbornness speak for itself. Then you have...

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Review of Gretchen Bakke’s “The Grid”

By Jaden Kolenbrander, Cedar Park High School April 1, 2021

Earlier this year, Texans experienced a power outage that lasted for a week. It was a major event not only because of the dangerous weather conditions and lack of utilities but also because it exposed...

The six-and-a-half-hour music album,

Review: Everywhere at the End of Time

By Julia Szostak, Downers Grove North High School April 1, 2021

Many people ponder the meaning of life. Though I don’t have an answer to this question, I do know one thing for certain—each and every day we are creating memories. Memories of people, of experiences,...

WSPN's Genevieve Morrison discusses how

Movie Review: Promising Young Woman

By Genevieve Morrison, Wayland High School March 31, 2021

"Promising Young Woman" is a black comedy revenge thriller that exposes modern rape culture. The protagonist, Cassie, goes to bars alone, pretending to be drunk to lure men to assault her just before revealing...

A Little Late with Lilly Singh has  found its groove once Singh, right, abandoned the traditional late-night desk format.

‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh’ puts a new spin on late night

By Ridhi Goyal, California High School - CA March 31, 2021

Late night television is widely known for its comedic hosts, masked political commentary, and occasionally cringe-worthy games with guests (looking at you, Jimmy Fallon). But one show has been a trailblazer...

American cinema strongly reflects the cultural prejudices of 20th century America. Only with strong participation and representation will Asians move to our rightful place as central contributors to American culture.

Hidden behind a mask: American cinema’s inauthentic portrayal of Asian Americans

By Nicole Tian, The Harker Upper School March 30, 2021

Authorities stated that the shooter who killed eight people in Atlanta on Tuesday, six of whom were Asian women, hoped to “eliminate” a “temptation.” The intersection of the victims’ race and...

Asian artists have a long and complicated history in the entertainment industry.

The Changing Face of Stage and Screen

By Sally Cho, North Allegheny Senior High School March 30, 2021

Disclaimer: This article focuses primarily on East Asian representation to reflect the author’s personal experiences. Growing up as an Asian girl in America, there were not many characters in television...

Class of 1987 alumnus Chaka Forman portrays his father, James Forman Sr., in Son of the South

Alum Forman portrays father in ‘Son of the South’

By Sayan Sonnad-Joshi, Henry W. Grady High School March 29, 2021

Chaka Forman, Class of 1987, stars in the new Spike Lee film “Son of the South.” The film portrays the grandson of a Klansman who eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. This is the latest in a...

Pop star Sia made her directorial debut with the film “Music” on Feb. 10. The film explores the themes of finding a voice and creating a family with autistic representation. Or at least, that was the goal. Unfortunately, it fell short.

Sia’s directorial debut “Music” pains me: the perspective of someone with a sibling on the autistic spectrum

By Daniela Wise-Rojas, Dougherty Valley High School March 29, 2021

Pop star Sia made her directorial debut with the film “Music” on Feb. 10, casting former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler to play a girl on the autism spectrum, named Music, and actress Kate Hudson to...

Players use the d20 dice the most often. It determines attack rolls, skill checks, and saving throws.

Power of the nerd: Dungeons & Dragons

By Gray Corkey, Metea Valley High School March 29, 2021

The rogue creeps around the corner, keeping an eye out for traps. The ranger has an arrow notched. The wizard is ready with a Fireball. The cleric is prepared for a Healing Word if anything goes wrong....

Despite introducing its first Southeast Asian princess in

‘Raya and The Last Dragon’ raises questions over authenticity and representation

By Michelle Nguyen , California High School - CA March 26, 2021

Disney has always done an iffy job when it comes to legitimate representation, and their latest film, “Raya and The Last Dragon”, is no exception. Despite the film’s nod to many Southeast Asian...

Name Recognition Allows Big Companies to Make Mediocre Content

By Isabel Bequer, Academy of the Holy Names March 26, 2021

“Wandavision,” Marvel’s most recent release, has sparked the internet and general public’s interest, with many praising the show’s unique premise, creative storytelling, and genuine characters...

Cheer goes country

By Brenlee Goins, Blackman High School March 25, 2021

Thomas Rhett has been one of the most popular country/pop music artists of today’s time. Winning ten major music awards and having been nominated for four Grammy awards, he has slowly risen to the...

New Lana Del Rey album elaborates on themes included in prior albums.

Lana Del Rey’s new record focuses on personal growth

By Leila Usanovic, Baldwin High School - PA March 24, 2021

Dreamy, melancholic sounds discussing self-worth, isolation, and romance are staples of any Lana Del Rey album. In her latest studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Del Rey conveys her growth...

Kelly Marie Tran stars as the titular warrior Raya on a quest to save her father from evil spirits known as the Druun.

“Raya and the Last Dragon” sports gorgeous animation in substitute of Disney’s best storytelling

By Steven Pappas, Sophie Burns, and Olivia Ostrowski March 23, 2021

On Thursday, March 5, Disney Animation released “Raya and the Last Dragon” to theaters and its streaming platform with premier access. The film follows the adventures of Raya (Kelly Marie Tran), a...

A notebook containing the names of all the men who attempted to take advantage of the “drunk” woman.

“Promising Young Woman” may not be so promising

By Isabel Bassin, The Bolles School March 23, 2021

Warning: this article contains spoilers along with mentions of sexual assault and suicide. Promising Young Woman continues to trend on the iTunes “Top 25 Movies” chart and received 4 Golden Globes...

Sia's newest project,

Golden Globe nominated film bears concerns over ableism

By Sol Schindler, Columbia Heights High School March 23, 2021

When my sister was eight years old she sang “Chandelier” by Sia at the top of her lungs with my mother and me. Over and over again, the song would play throughout our small apartment. My sister saw...

Zack Snyder's cut focuses on incorporating more background information on characters and includes previously deleted scenes.

Justice League director’s cut is an improved, but still flawed, film

By Sam Tobiczyk, Baldwin High School - PA March 23, 2021

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a successful recut of the 2017 addition to the DC extended film universe. The original Justice League movie, which received mixed reviews, focused on the DC Comics characters...

Disney announced that actress Iman Vellani, an Muslim Pakistani-American, would be playing Kamala Khan in “Ms. Marvel'' that'll come out on Disney+ in late 2021.

Why ‘Ms. Marvel’ is a superhero for me, an American-Muslim

By Raha Murtuza, Richard Montgomery High School - MD March 19, 2021

In late 2013, Marvel Comics announced their series, Ms. Marvel, would be rebooted with a new lead. Instead of the blonde, All-American Carol Danvers, who starred in the first two series, Muslim and Pakistani-American...

Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist imagery.

Removal of six Dr. Seuss books brings both backlash and praise

By Charlyn Chu, Richard Montgomery High School - MD March 18, 2021

The internet erupted after it was announced that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because of racist imagery. These books are “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I...

Movies and shows that deliberately portray villains with foreign accents are harmful to children’s perception of diverse cultures.

Dear Disney, stop teaching kids that foreign accents are evil

By Emma Constable, Lynbrook High School - CA March 18, 2021

There is a rumor that cartoons directed toward children often hide a more sinister motive — brainwashing them to adopt a certain mindset or believe in certain principles so that they can be more easily...

“Composition is a way of finding your artistic voice. For me, I would say, every day, when I'm walking around, I'm always hearing music in my head, I’m always hearing songs or melodies or something all the time,

A musician’s message

By Sarah Mohammed and Alysa Suleiman March 17, 2021

At just five or six years old, a little boy would practice his harmonica, twirling around his mother’s tea party event to its lively tunes. In those moments, he knew he was destined to become someone...

The 7 Degrees Brass Band rehearses in band member Logan Henderson's garage.

7 Degrees of Syncopation

By Maddie Harris, North Allegheny Senior High School March 17, 2021

Seven boys. Five instruments. One musical family. Meet the 7 Degrees Brass Band. Founded at North Allegheny, the 7 Degrees Brass Band came onto the scene in late 2019. The group consists of seven boys:...

Swift's fame is often attributed to men, diminishing her value as a female artist.

Who made Taylor Swift famous?

By Gauri Manoj and Mira Wagner March 16, 2021

"What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift."  This line in the 2020 Netflix TV series “Ginny and Georgia” caused controversy on Twitter, accompanied by a response from the pop...

During the pandemic, fine arts teachers are using Zoom for more than just online learning. With the help of grants from CAPA and the Lauren Dunne Astley memorial fund, band teacher Joseph Oneschuk and chorus teacher Rachel Carroll arranged masterclasses for their band and chorus students to highlight accomplished BIPOC artists and performers. “I really felt an importance to feature Black artists, especially in the turbulent time that we were in, and to celebrate Black artists,” Oneschuk said.

Composing for Change: Fine arts offers Black Artists Matter masterclasses

By Isabella Ciasullo, Wayland High School March 16, 2021

Even though a screen separates fine arts students from presenters, both band teacher Joseph Oneschuk and chorus teacher Rachel Carroll feel that their Zoom held masterclasses, which highlight accomplished...

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